After last week’s Spring Loaded event from Apple, we all know tons more about the iPad Pro 2021. When the new tablet ships, though, isn’t one among those things.
Oh, we all know that pre-orders on the iPad Pro 2021 start this Friday (April 30), with the 11-inch model starting at $799 and, therefore, the 12.9-inch version available at $1,099. But Apple hasn’t said when those models would hit stores, aside from saying it’ll be during the last half of May.
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A prominent Apple leaker thinks he has firm dates for the arrival of the iPad 2021. But forgive us if we’re a touch bit skeptical of this particular tip.
Kinda weird… but this is what I’m hearing 🤔
iPad Pro launch
11” – May 22
12.9” – May 21
— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) April 26, 2021
The leak comes from Jon Prosser, and even he seems a touch bit dubious about the knowledge he’s passed on via tweet. Prosser says he’s been told that the 11-inch iPad Pro 2021 ships May 22, while the 12.9-inch model arrives each day earlier on May 21.
Delaying the launch of a specific model by every week or two is sensible. Delaying it by 24 hours doesn’t. The May 22 date Prosser lists for the 11-inch iPad Pro 2021 falls on a Saturday even more curious. With Apple typically releasing products on Fridays, that’s a weird date.
“Kinda weird,” Prosser observes in his own tweeted rumor.
We’re getting to leave on a limb here, and I guess that if either of these two dates is accurate, it’s likely to be the Friday, May 21 date. That might fall within Apple’s guidance of the last half of May launch for the iPad Pro 2021 while reflecting Apple’s past practices on product releases. the subsequent Friday, May 28, would also fall therein guidance, though it is the start of a three-day weekend within the U.S. and not necessarily an excellent time to launch a replacement product. (Not that there aren’t tons of best Memorial Day sales to stay track of.)
You can certainly understand why iPad fans are wanting to get their hands on the new Pro models. Both the 11- and 12.9-inch versions of the iPad Pro 2021 are powered by Apple’s M1 chip and include 5G connectivity if you decide on a cellular version of the tablet. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro uses miniLED technology to supply a bright Liquid Retina XDR. Simultaneously, the front cameras on both versions offer a middle Stage tracking feature to keep you within the shot on video calls.